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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Paul think about Wili's capabilities before he interfaces with the computer?
2. How does Della feel about her attack on the pass being foiled?
3. What justification does Allison give for her suspicion that the Authority will find Paul's home soon?
4. How does Wili's relationship with Jill change after he returns to Paul's house?
5. How does Wili deal with the threats around the pass that the Tinker's occupy?
Essay Topic 1
Kaladze is an important leader, and as a powerful independent force, both the Tinkers and the Authority attempt to maneuver him to their advantage.
1) Describe Kaladze as a character and a leader. Describe the nature of his settlement and the forces that he controls.
2) Discuss the interest Kaladze has in the conflict between the Tinkers and the Authority and how he initially sides himself. Explain how Paul and others are able to influence him to support the Tinkers' side.
3) Explain Della's attempts to manipulate Kaladze on behalf of the Authority. How does she attempt to control his actions, and what does she hope to cause him to do? Explain how successful Della's plan is.
Essay Topic 2
Technology plays an important role throughout the novel. The Authority and the Tinkers have fundamental disagreements about how it should be pursued and employed, and these disagreements lead to the central conflict of the book.
1) Explain the Authority's position on technology and describe some of the technologies it has banned outright and those which it has reserved solely for itself.
2) Describe how the Tinkers interact with technology and how they are able to make significant advances despite their limitations.
3) Discuss the impact that these two competing forces have on the average people in this setting. What technologies are available, and how are they controlled or acquired?
4) Explain why the Authority and the Tinkers come into direct conflict over the issue of technology and how their disagreements shape the overall plot of the novel.
Essay Topic 3
The final chapters of the book center around the final conflict between the Tinkers and the Authority. After Paul and the others are discovered, a large battle ensues, raging in the area around the Authority enclave for multiple days.
1) Briefly explain the events leading up to the final conflict between the Tinkers and the Authority and the reasons both sides have for engaging in the conflict.
2) Discuss the major advantages both sides bring to the battle, including factors such as intelligence, planning, numbers, and technology.
3) Describe the course of the battle, including its major events and resolution.
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